Definition of irreconcilable in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɪˌrɛk(ə)nˈsʌɪləb(ə)l/
Pronunciation: /ɪˈrɛk(ə)nsʌɪləb(ə)l/


1(Of ideas or statements) so different from each other that they cannot be made compatible: these two views of the economy are irreconcilable
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  • Three people pursue with integrity their different and irreconcilable ideas of the good life, leading to unavoidable disaster.
  • She took those seemingly irreconcilable ideas and brought them together under a universal experience: rebellion.
  • There are still many questions on which the Democratic and Republican parties have fundamentally different outlooks and represent distinct and irreconcilable interpretations of the world.
opposite, contrary, opposing, antithetical, diametrically opposed;
different, disparate, variant, dissimilar, poles apart, polar
rare oppugnant
1.1Incapable of being resolved: irreconcilable differences
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  • The Parliament Act is there to try and deal with irreconcilable differences between the two Houses and that happens very rarely.
  • But the actor filed a divorce petition on Friday, citing irreconcilable differences.
  • If there were irreconcilable political differences then they should have agreed to an amicable parting of the ways after the next election.
1.2(Of people) implacably hostile to each other: irreconcilable enemies
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  • Principals and unionized teachers are not irreconcilable enemies.
  • But in the realm of public debate, science and religion frequently seemed like irreconcilable enemies.
  • Yet despite this humiliation the senior magistrates remained in place, prime among them the first president, d' Aligre, by now Calonne's irreconcilable enemy.
implacable, unappeasable, uncompromising, inexorable, intransigent, inflexible, remorseless, relentless, unrelenting, hard-line;
mortal, bitter, deadly, sworn, out-and-out
informal at each other's throats


(usually irreconcilables)
Any of two or more ideas or statements that cannot be made compatible.
Example sentences
  • This, ultimately, is a play about existential resemblances and contrasts, kinships and irreconcilables, uncomfortable truths and futile lies that underlie delicate relationships and unbridgeable chasms.
  • The demon too is an object of worship - a tribute to the principle of devotion manifest as enmity, and a characteristically Indian paradigm seeking to reconcile irreconcilables.
  • The man or woman does not exist who can unite the irreconcilables now trapped in this dying movement and lead it to victory.



Pronunciation: /ɪrɛk(ə)nsʌɪləˈbɪlɪti/
Example sentences
  • A third possibility is acknowledgment of the conflict and of the irreconcilability of the morality of war and the morality of decency.
  • The state is a product and a manifestation of the irreconcilability of class antagonisms.
  • But even Service cannot ignore one pivotal issue: the irreconcilability of Trotsky's theory of permanent revolution with Stalin's theory of ‘socialism in one country.’


Pronunciation: /ɪˈrɛkənˌsʌɪləbli/
Pronunciation: /ɪˌrɛkənˈsʌɪləbli/
Example sentences
  • But it is true that a key area that divided them was the issue of the treatment of India's Muslim minority, and this may be where the two men's admirers diverge irreconcilably.
  • Forde's play asks a series of questions: What happens when our convictions - and our callings - clash irreconcilably with those of our neighbours?
  • Left-wing opinion was irreconcilably opposed to the war.



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